Discover more about your military ancestor. Explore pension applications that may reveal when and where your ancestor served, as well as your ancestor’s death date, marriage date, spouse’s name, and children’s names.
Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original records. Transcripts may include all or some of the following information:
This collection comprises The National Archives series WO 42: War Office: Officers’ Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers. The records cover the year range from 1755 to 1908. The series pertains to applications for a pension or a child’s compassionate allowance where an officer died on service or on half pay.
WO 42 comprises both papers now in WO 43 and eight bundles of similar certificates from other series held by TNA. In total, the series includes 75 bundles and papers. Secretary-at-War (1660-1855), War Department (1855-1857), and War Office (1857-1964) are listed as the creators of this collection.
The collection includes forms and evidences of vital events extracted from widows’ pension files, such as application forms completed by widows, which would provide marriage and death details of the officers in question, as well as death and marriage certificates and birth and baptism records of any children of the union.
Begin your search broadly with just an officer’s name and event year.
If needed, you can narrow your results by adding additional search criteria such as a spouse’s (widow’s) name, officer’s regiment, or keyword.
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